January 29, 2013

Delta Middle School Community Council Minutes

January 29, 2013

Those in attendance:

Rebecca Callister

Samantha Jeffery-Chair

Gorrety Avelos

Jennifer Nielson

Kristen Anderson

Lisa Draper-Vice Chair

Judy Hoelzle

Colleen Atkinson

Matt Williams

Welcome: Mrs. Lisa Draper

The minutes from the November 13th Community Council Meeting were approved.

  1. 1. Data from the questionnaire provided to the teachers has been tallied and the input for next year’s School Improvement / Trustlands Plan will be discussed.
  • The top priority for the for the students will continue to be reading and written expression, students who are proficient readers will continue to improve in all other core subjects.
  • The amount of Trustland money the school will receive for the 2013/2014 school year is estimated to be between $34,000.00 - $36,000.00.
  • $5600.00 will be allocated to purchase 16 computers to add to the mobile lab. The school was able to purchase 14 with money from the 2012/2013 Trustland fund. This will enable a classroom of students to have access to the mobile lab.
  • We will continue the My Access and Utah Writes programs. The teachers feel this has been very beneficial to the students. The approximate cost for these programs is $2300.00. We will also continue with the AP Reading program. The estimated cost of this program is $2700.00.
  • We will continue with the extended LA class. The cost for the teacher is estimated to be $17,000.00. There has been positive feedback on the benefits of being able to offer this class as our focus is directed toward all students being proficient in reading and written expression.
  • We will continue to provide a stipend of $1000.00 for tech support to Mr. Crane. He provides solutions to technology problems before and after school on his own time. The amount of technology required at school is growing and will continue to grow. Technology has become an important component in all areas of the school. We feel there is a strong need for additional technical support.
  • In order for our testing to be scheduled in a way that will benefit the teachers and students, we will put a committee of core subject teachers together to provide input on scheduling. The resource teachers will be included in the committee as well. They will be paid a stipend of $20.00 per hour to work on this committee. This will include the fall, winter, and spring NWEA testing. We will also need a coordinator to put the scheduling in place, get computers ready, and get all of the make- up testing completed. The coordinator will receive a stipend of $200.00. The estimated cost of the testing committee is $1400.00.
  • A suggestion was made, to provide a variety of supplies for purchase and a teacher to assist students in a room after school two days a week. Many of the students don’t have the support at home to enable them to complete assignments they need for class. Mrs. Callister will talk to Mr. Bassett and see if there is any funding through the District before we decide to pursue providing funding for this through Trustland funds.
  • The remainder of the money would be allocated for technology needs, reading books, and classroom supplies.
  • Mrs. Callister will write the School Improvement/Trustland plan and e-mail the members of the community council a copy. We will then schedule a meeting to approve the plan.
  1. 2. Student safety issues were discussed, Mrs. Callister had members of the Sherrif’s department at our faculty meeting last week. They provided the teachers with information on student safety and steps the school could take to help ensure the safety of all students. There will be an article in the February newsletter to inform the parents of changes. We will keep all outside doors, except the front entrance locked during school hours. Visitors, volunteers, cadet teachers and substitute teachers will be required to sign in and out and will be provided with a visitor’s pass to wear while they are in the school. We will be having drills to train the students on various emergency situations.
  2. 3.There has been a safety issue with high school students driving too fast and not stopping for pedestrians on the street in front of the Middle School. Mrs. Callister has asked for police officers to patrol this area more frequently and has asked the High School to announce to the students to take care while driving on this street. We are also looking into having our crosswalk repainted.
  3. 4.It was also suggested by our committee that we might be able to provide better student incentives for students participating in science fairs, AP reading, etc. They feel there might be more interest for students in completing these projects according to the directions given if there was such an incentive.

The next meeting will be scheduled after the members have read the School Improvement/Trustland plan for the 2013/2014 school year.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM

November 13, 2012

Delta Middle School Community Council Minutes

November 13, 2012

Those in attendance:

Rebecca Callister

Samantha Jeffery –Chair

Gorrety Avalos

Jennifer Nielson

Kristen Anderson

Lisa Draper-Vice Chair

Judy Hoelzle

Jackie Shiner

Welcome: Mrs. Rebecca Callister

The minutes from the September 4th Community Council Meeting were approved.

Review of NWEA Testing

 

  • Testing data was handed out to each of the council members, Millard School District trending data for the past five years was handed out as well. Delta Middle School trending data can only be counted for the past three years as this is when the fifth grade students started attending. Delta Middle School’s testing scores have gone up each of the three years.
  • There is a new online site (Public School Data Gateway) that ranks schools according to proficiency and growth. This is a better way to rank the schools than we have had in the past as it grades the schools on the growth of the students as well as the number of students proficient in each subject.
  • Science will now be accountable on testing data. It will be administered as CRT rather than NWEA.

 

Determine the School Needs According to the Data Provided

 

  • Suggestion sheets have been provided to the teachers for input on the needs for next year’s School Improvement /Trustlands Plan, we have had some returned but not all of the teachers have responded yet.
  • The Community Council members were asked for input on suggestions for next year’s plan.
  • Based on the response from the teachers and the suggestions made during the meeting from members, the top priority for the school will continue to be reading and written expression. Students who are proficient readers will continue to do better in all the core subjects.
  • The Anita Archer reading program was described by Mrs. Shiner, the members feel this could be of great benefit to the 5th and 6th grade classes. Particularly for the students that are struggling with reading. Volunteers for the 5th/6th grade reading groups were suggested. The teachers feel the students are not getting enough actual reading time in their LA blocks. In many cases parents don’t know if their students are reading on grade level or not, it was suggested that tips for parents be put in the newsletter.
  • Comprehension is an area we would like to improve for the 7th and 8th grade students. A remedial reading class for students not proficient in the LA area was suggested. The members also agree that the extended LA classes have benefitted the students, they would like to have the extended LA classes continue.
  • Vocabulary is an area we feel our students could use improvement as well.
  • The need for improvements in our Science Department was discussed, as the school will now be accountable for science testing scores.

Mrs. Callister would like all members of the Community Council to get suggestions and ideas from members of the community. We will try and look at ideas from other schools and we will gather the rest of the suggestion sheets from the teachers. We will then meet again and finalize a rough draft for next year’s School Improvement/Trustlands plan.

Next meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2013 at 2:50 in Mrs. Callister’s office.

 

Meeting was adjourned at 4:10 PM.

September 4, 2012

Delta Middle School Community Council Minutes

September 4, 2012

Those in attendance:

Rebecca Callister

Samantha Jeffery- Chair

Gorretty Avalos

Jennifer Nielson

Judy Hoelzle

Kristen Anderson

Those excused:

Lisa Draper-Vice Chair

Welcome: Mrs. Rebecca Callister

Elect Chair/Vice-Chair

  • It was voted that Samantha Jeffery be elected Chair, and Lisa Draper be the Vice-Chair.

Review of Delta Middle School Improvement Plan for the 2012-2013 School Year / Improvement Plan.

The School Improvement Plan for this year was reviewed. Current programs and Practices were a discussed. These topics included: Reading, Math, Extended Language Arts period for 7th and 8th grade and music as well as parent involvement.

  • The question was raised by Samantha Jeffery as to why 6th grade students have to take music their 6th grade year, because the cost of renting instruments.   It was explained that music offers the Fine Arts component of the 6th grade curriculum, and students who could not financially pay for an instrument could choose to take chorus, or work out arrangements with the band/orchestra teacher.   The council agreed that music was a favorable addition to the 6th grade curriculum.
  • Jennifer Nielson was very impressed with the 2 hour Language Arts extension. She extremely satisfied and excited about the writing projects that is already accomplishing.
  • The council determined that something extra should be done for math once USTAR funding is gone.
  • Goretty discussed her concern about getting Hispanic parents more involved in our programs and practices. As a council we will continue to explore more avenues to encourage and promote parent involvement.
  • ESL –Santillana ESL pullout program to promote reading and writing. Twenty students are in this program. Benchmark testing will be given to determine success.

Review of Delta Middle School end of year testing:

  • NWEA Spring Results include: Language Arts 89%, Math is 85%, Science is 69%.

Review of the Delta Middle School Trust Lands Proposal for 2011-2012

  • Last year DMS Trust Lands had a carryover of $7,500. There was also an additional $6,000 allocated to DMS Trust Lands. Utah Write, My Access and Accelerated Reader were also purchased for a lower cost than previous determined. Because of these circumstances there is an additional $15,000 to our Trust Lands for this year.
  • It was determined by the council that this money should go towards the purchase of a mobile lab that every student may benefit from. The $15,000 will purchase approximately 24 laptops, a mobile lab cart with charging equipment and a mobile printer. The vote was unanimous for the purchase of a mobile lab.

The next Community Council Meeting is scheduled for November 13, 2012 at 2:45 and will be held in Mrs. Callister’s office.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM